The world can be a stressful place. Most dogs lead happy lives, but modern life can be noisy and confusing.
Loud noises such as thunderstorms or fireworks are a common cause of fear or anxiety
From your new job to your new baby, even small lifestyle changes can prove stressful for your pet
Travelling with your pet can cause heightened fear and anxiety
After surgery, pets need to stay calm and rest to help recovery
The environmental changes your pet experiences when boarding or kennelling can be very stressful
Unfamiliar surroundings and having to build trust with new owners can result in stressful episodes
At VetPlus we believe vets are best placed to advise on the best course of action for your pet. Dogs who show signs of fear when they have no reason to be scared could have a phobia. Phobias are irrational responses where their fear may be disproportionate to the situation. For example many people are scared of spiders (arachnophobia), even though most spiders pose very little actual risk to humans.
Our pets can also pick up on subtle changes in their environments that teach them when to expect a fearful situation. Repeated exposure to scary situations can cause a phobia to get even worse. For example if your pet finds going to the vets scary the first time, the next time they go and every time after that, they’ll expect a scary experience.
This is why we always recommend you ask your vet for help as soon as you suspect your pet is scared. Your vet is the best person to advise you on keeping your pet happy and healthy and because phobias do not tend to disappear over time by themselves.
Contact the vet you purchased Calmex from for guidance on the use of Calmex for your dog. They’ll be able to provide specialised advice for your pet due to the records they keep. If you are unable to get the information you need from your vet, or if you bought Calmex elsewhere, please contact us for assistance.